Local groups’ environmental work recognised at collective event

The work of local environmental groups was recognised at the event.
The work of local environmental groups was recognised at the event.

The fantastic work of the local groups that are looking after open spaces in Angus’s towns and villages was celebrated at a get-together in Forfar recently.

The Beautiful Angus Marketplace event at the Reid Hall brought together groups involved in a host of activities from planting projects to litter picks.

Councillor Jeanette Gaul, Communities vice-convener and chair of the council’s Pride in Place group said the event had been a great success.

She said: “Our new market place event gave local groups the opportunity to get together, share ideas and hear about the exciting work others are involved in.

“They are all making such a fantastic contribution to community life, whether that’s beach clean-ups, planting out public flower beds or organising regular litter picks. It shows what can be achieved and encourages us all to take a little more pride in the places where we work, stay and play.

“Everyone at the event was really enthused by the work being done across the county, it’s clear that the hard work is combined with a lot of good fun.”

The local groups at the marketplace were Forfar in Flower, Kirriemuir Den Regeneration Group Arbroath in Bloom, Brechin in Bloom, Colourful Carnoustie, Easthaven Residents Association, Monifieth Eco Force, Montrose Horticultural Society and Tayside Biodiversity Partnership. Representatives from various council teams also attended.

The new Beautiful Angus Garden Competition was also launched at the event which this year will also be open to primary schools and licensed premises as well as Angus Council tenants.

Mrs Gaul added: “Bright and beautiful planting at pubs, schools and gardens on our streets are the community spaces that we can all be proud of and take pleasure in.”

To enter, complete an entry form or pick one up from local ACCESS offices or librarie For more information contact Claire Warrender at WarrenderC@angus.gov.uk.

The closing date for school entries is May 29; all other entries must be in by June 30.